A US medical technology firm has unveiled a robot designed to deliver accurate and efficient intravenous (IV) mixtures to patients in a safe and cost effective way.
The IV Station from Health Robotics can automatically mix compounds while producing ready to administer IV doses in a variety of syringes, bags, vials, and tamper-evident caps.
The launch at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, in Barcelona, Spain, was also accompanied by a display of the company’s CytoCare, a pioneering chemotherapy IV robot.
Health Robotics said the new IV device was designed to minimise medication errors, and address high costs, lack of sterility and difficulties in maintaining adequate and trained staff.
The firm has already reached agreements for the delivery of 16 IV Stations to medical facilities in countries across the globe, including the UK, Japan, Turkey and Italy.
Health Robotics’ chief executive, Werner Rainer, said: “I am very pleased with the prestige and diversity of the hospital pharmacists that have chosen to partner with Health Robotics. After developing the only existing Chemotherapy IV Robot [CytoCare], we have now leapfrogged the competition in non-hazardous IV Robotics as well.”
A spokesman for the firm said the station can be deployed in a variety of locations, including central and satellite pharmacies and direct patient care areas, while its variable configuration suits the needs of individual pharmacies, rather than professionals having to rely on “one-size-fits-all” technology, as was previously the case.
Copyright Press Association 2009